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Manhunt For Two Escapees

Two murder suspects are still on the loose, after escaping from a jail on the Alabama-Georgia border over the weekend.

A two and a half day search turns up nothing.

Law enforcement officials are still looking for two murder suspects who were behind bars but then decided to make a break for it.

A total of three men tried to escape, but only two of them were actually able to get away from the Russell County Jail in Phenix City, Alabama.

17-year-old Johnny Earl Jones and 19-year-old Lamar Elan Benton.

Jones is charged with the murder of a two-year girl he was baby sitting and Benton is charged with the rape and murder of a 39-year-old mother of three.

A third escapee, 33-year-old Brent Edward Martin, was recaptured shortly after fleeing.

Authorities say the three men escaped after overpowering several guards at the jail.

One of those guards, Matthew Waldrup was badly hurt.

Residents in Phenix City are nervous and scared.

Police in Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama along with Alabama State Troopers are heading up the massive manhunt, and are now asking the public for help in catching the two escapees.

Officials also say that part of the reason the two men were able to escape is because the Russell County Jail is operating beyond its designed capacity holding close to 300 inmates when it was built to only hold 220.

The two men are considered to be armed and dangerous, and if you have any information about there whereabouts, please call the Russell County sheriff's office at 334-298-6535.


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